Zohra Lampert (born May 13, 1937) is an American actress, who has had roles on film, television, and stage, including as the title character in the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death; she also starred alongside Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in the 1961 Splendor in the Grass. Lampert achieved critical acclaim for her work on Broadway as well, earning two Tony Award nominations for her roles in Look What We've Come Through (1962) and Mother Courage and Her Children (1963). She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in a 1975 episode of Kojak.
Lampert in 1953
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
Lampert was born in New York City, the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants Rachil Eriss, a draper and hatmaker, and Morris Lampert, an architect and ironworker. Lampert attended New York's High School of Music & Art, and then the University of Chicago. She was married to actor Bill Alton from 1957 to 1958.
Lampert studied acting at HB Studio. After working on minor stages for several years, including a stint as a member of the Second City troupe in Chicago, she performed on Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance in 1961's Look We've Come Through. She scored with a pair of small, noteworthy performances in the films Pay or Die and Splendor in the Grass. In the 1960s/1970s, she was active in supporting roles in film and television, and won an Emmy for her performance as a gypsy in an episode of Kojak ("Queen of the Gypsies", 1975). She co-starred with Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes' Opening Night (1977).
She was a regular in the sitcom The Girl with Something Extra and the medical drama Doctors' Hospital. During the early 1970s, she originated the role of Ellie Jardin on the CBS soap Where the Heart Is until her character was killed off in 1972. In 1986, she appeared in an episode of Knight Rider (season 4, "Hills of Fire"). She worked less during the 1980s and 1990s. She appeared in The Exorcist III (playing actor George C. Scott's wife) and the offbeat 1999 film The Eden Myth.
For several years in the 1980s, Lampert appeared as the spokesperson for Goya Beans.
After a ten-year absence from films, Lampert returned to acting in supporting roles in two films: The Hungry Ghosts (2009) and Zenith (2010). In March 2010, she married broadcaster and novelist Jonathan Schwartz in New York City.
|1959||Odds Against Tomorrow||Girl in Bar|||
|1960||Pay or Die||Adelina Saulino|||
|1961||Posse from Hell||Helen Caldwell|||
|1961||Splendor in the Grass||Angelina|||
|1961||Hey, Let's Twist!||Sharon|||
|1966||A Fine Madness||Evelyn Tupperman|||
|1968||Bye Bye Braverman||Etta Rieff|||
|1969||Some Kind of a Nut||Bunny Erickson|||
|1971||Let's Scare Jessica to Death||Jessica|||
|1977||Opening Night||Dorothy Victor|||
|1989||American Blue Note||Louise|||
|1990||Stanley & Iris||Elaine|||
|1990||The Exorcist III||Mary Kinderman|||
|1992||Alan & Naomi||Mrs. Liebman|||
|1992||Last Supper||Short film|||
|1994||The Last Good Time||Barbara|||
|1999||The Eden Myth||Alma Speck|||
|2009||The Hungry Ghosts||Ruth|||
|2014||Sexual Secrets||Alma Speck|
|1954||A Time to Live||Greta Powers||TV series|
|1958||Decoy||Anne / Norma Hart||"High Swing", "Cry Revenge"|
|1960||Cradle Song||Sister Maria Jesus||TV film|
|1960||Route 66||Sue Ellis||"Layout at Glen Canyon"|
|1961||The Defenders||Florence Meech / Eve Gideon Tubberbye||"The Prowler", "Gideon's Follies"|
|1962||Sam Benedict||Sarah Friedman||"Hear the Mellow Wedding Bells"|
|1963||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Marie Petit||"A Tangled Web"|
|1963||Dr. Kildare||Rose Kemmer / Myra Krolik||"The Thing Speaks for Itself", "A Place Among the Monuments"|
|1963||Naked City||Clara Espuella||"Barefoot on a Bed of Coals"|
|1964||The Reporter||Molly Gresham||"Super-Star"|
|1965||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Kay Lorrison||"The Mad, Mad Tea Party Affair"|
|1965||Slattery's People||Asst. District Atty. Arlene Mancuso||"Question: Who Are You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?"|
|1965||The Trials of O'Brien||Penelope||"How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?"|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Mary Draper||"Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt"|
|1970||The F.B.I.||Mary Cochella||"Deadfall"|
|1970–71||Where the Heart Is||Ellie Jardin||TV series|
|1972||Love, American Style||Nancy Ellis||"Love and the Jinx"|
|1973||The Connection||Hannah||TV film|
|1973||The Bob Newhart Show||Janine||"Motel"|
|1973–74||The Girl with Something Extra||Anne||Recurring role|
|1975||Ladies of the Corridor||Mildred Tynan||TV film|
|1975||One of Our Own||Dr. Norah Purcell||TV film|
|1975||Kojak||Marina Sheldon||"Queen of the Gypsies"|
|1975–76||Doctors' Hospital||Dr. Norah Purcell||Main role|
|1976||Serpico||Anne||"Trumpet of Time"|
|1976||Hawaii Five-0||Anita Newhall||"Let Death Do Us Part"|
|1977||Hunter||Deedee||"The K Group: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1977||Mixed Nuts||Dr. Sarah Allgood||TV short|
|1977||Switch||Lita Verassiere||"Fade Out"|
|1978||Quincy, M.E.||Lynn Peters||"Passing"|
|1978||Black Beauty||Polly Barker||TV miniseries|
|1978||Kojak||Dr. Ellen Page||"The Halls of Terror"|
|1978||Hawaii Five-0||Gloria Kozma||"Small Potatoes"|
|1978||Lady of the House||Julia de Paulo||TV film|
|1979||The Suicide's Wife||Sharon Logan||TV film|
|1980||The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything||Wilma Farnham||TV film|
|1980||Children of Divorce||Mrs. Goldsmith||TV film|
|1981||Secrets of Midland Heights||Mme. Zeena||"Letting Go"|
|1981||The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite||Wilma Farnham||TV film|
|1982||Romance Theatre||TV series|
|1984||American Playhouse||Esther Mirkin||"The Cafeteria"|
|1984||Airwolf||Dr. Lisa Holgate||"Echoes from the Past"|
|1985||Izzy and Moe||Esther Einstein||TV film|
|1986||The Equalizer||Veronica Whitney||"Torn"|
|1986||Knight Rider||Tess Hubbard||"Hills of Fire"|
|1986||Trapper John, M.D.||"Fall of the Wild"|
|1962||Look, We've Come Through||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|||
|1963||Mother Courage and Her Children||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|||
|1974||Kojak||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Won|||
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